Booklovers: Would you like cash with that?

PrintDuring 2014, a new romance website launched called AusRomToday (Australian Romance Today) run by J’aimee Brooker, one of the great supporters of Australian romance authors and romance writing.

For Aussie month, AusRomToday will feature 93 of Australia’s romance authors, at the same time offering you the chance to share in a $1000 prize pool, kicked in by the authors involved. (Of which I am one!)

Yes, you have to do a little bit of work to be in the prize draw. Entries are earned through joining a reader survey – sharing your romance reading preferences – and also by assisting us in spreading the word, through sharing news of Aussie month on your own social media networks.

So please support an Aussie romance author today and visit these links below!

For the terms and conditions, visit: http://ausromtoday.com/aussie-month/

And if you just want to get stuck into the survey and the other options, this is the place for you: https://www.facebook.com/AusRomToday?sk=app_228910107186452

Guest post SE Gilchrist: Release day for Star Pirate’s Justice

Tomorrow (February 1) marks the release of Star Pirate’s Justice, a brand new installment in SE Gilchrist’s bestselling erotic Sci-Fi series about a dark and delicious alien race on a desperate quest for survival — and the human women who can cure their years-long curse.

SE Gilchrist is one of the Escape Artists, an author published by Escape Publishing, who also published my debut book His Brand of Beautiful. I met SE at the Romance Writers of Australia conference in Fremantle last year, where we enjoyed several glasses of lovely red wine. Also like me, SE Gilchrist self-publishes some of her work, and there’s more about that later in her guest post (plus the chance to win a $25 Amazon gift card and get yourself SE Gilchrist’s first book in the series FREE).

Welcome to my blog for the weekend SE, and congratulations on the new book! Please tell us more about it…

Star Pirates Justice for web pagesThe Blurb

Carly has one focus in her life: to return home to her terminally ill younger sister. When she learns that a Darkon traitor possesses gateway maps to Earth, she uses all her skills to track him down. But capturing the charming star pirate turns out to be trickier than she anticipated…

Volkar is determined to prove his innocence to those who drove him to a life lived on the Outer Rim, and he will overcome anyone who gets in his way. But his surprisingly sweet captor has some skills that will come in handy, so he strikes a deal: the maps for her help. Neither expect their partnership to turn into more, but as dark secrets are revealed, their lives become forfeit — and the relationship blossoming between them nothing but a starburst of happiness in the deep shadow of the sky…

Buy Star Pirate’s Justice at:

Amazon (US)
Amazon (Australia)
itunes
Barnes & Noble
Kobo

Escape Publishing is offering the first title in this series, Legend Beyond The Stars, FREE from February 10 to 26 at the iBook store. Currently you can buy Legend Beyond The Stars for $0.99 cents at Amazon.

SE Gilchrist’s Self Published Titles On Sale!
As I said right off the top, SE Gilchrist also self-publishes some of her work. She’s reduced the price of her indie published backlist for the month of February 2014. Check out what’s on offer by clicking here.

Competition!
WIN $25 Amazon gift voucher and 2 SE Gilchrist titles (Legend Beyond The Stars and Star Pirate’s Justice). Enter via Rafflecopter at the link below. (Closes midnight AEST 16 February 2014).

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Congratulations SE! Enjoy your release week!

Can You Spot My Boob?

It has been a momentous week in the Malone household. My husband is reading my book, His Brand Of Beautiful.

Now to give you some context, these would be my husband’s favourite authors: John Sandford, Michael Robotham and Leah Giarratano – all crime/thrillers. The last book he read was: Dogs Of Winter by Kem Nunn which is about a journo who goes in search of a mystery big wave surfing spot and encounters no end of trouble on the way. I’ve read this book too and it is BLEAK. (Great book, but seriously. HEAs are very few and far between in this one.)

My Crit Partner was surprised to hear that hubby hadn’t read HBOB. My problem was, there was no way I was going to let my husband read it until I had some validation that it was actually any good. (Which, I now have, thanks to Kate Cuthbert at Escape Publishing, and some lovely reviews).

So when hubby announced he wanted my Kindle so he could read my book, I handed it over. Which means I now get the fun of sharing some of his comments along the way (comment in bold):

I like how you describe things. (And he picked out this passage below).

Dark fish-hooks and dagger points curled in his fringe and at his temple, a fat raindrop quivered like it didn’t dare slide.

You know? I’m not enjoying this too badly at all. (Someone tell me whether that’s a double negative?)

Then a conversation I never thought I would hear: Hubby on the phone to his mother talking about my book. (You’ll forgive me that it’s a one-sided conversation – but it will show you that I paid attention in Point Of View school!)

“I’m reading Lily’s book at the moment.”

“No. It’s good. I’m enjoying it. But I haven’t got to any steamy sex scenes yet.”

Me: *Blush*

But then this one came from out of the blue:

“I found a mistake in your book.”

“What? Where?”

Now I could tell you the boob he found, but that would ruin my fun. I have decided to run a competition for anyone who has already read HBOB to spot the mistake. I will give you some clues.

  • I think only a bloke would find it (or a woman who is very mechanically minded)
  • It involves an item of household machinery
  • It involves my description of a sound that machinery makes
  • It isn’t to do with a wrench or a spanner or a red shirt (sorry Juanita Kees)

Hubby’s reading of HBOB was interrupted by the weekend and its bevy of football games, but I have just been out for my Sunday afternoon walk and on my return, he is once again ensconced with my Kindle… and he’s just given me another comment:

“I think your main character, Christina, swears too much.”

This is the section he read:

Then she heard it. Pow. Pow. Pow.

All the air rushed from her lungs and she felt tears overflow, slide down her cheeks.

My God, Tate! It sounds like a hammer. Like our kid’s a fucking carpenter.

“I think Christina is too prim and proper to swear so much.”

“She’s not prim and proper!” I say defensively.

“Well, she’s the CEO of a winery… she’s a city girl,” he says defensively. “I don’t think she’d say that in a doctor’s surgery.

I get the last word: “She doesn’t say it, she thinks it!”

And hubby shuts up.

So having had my fun for the afternoon at my wonderful husband’s expense… I’m signing off.

Anyone who would like to play ‘spot my boob’… (ahem), if you can leave me a comment and if someone gets it right (or gets close)… I will gift any person you’d like to nominate their own e-copy of His Brand Of Beautiful.